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    The Cave of a Thousand Buddhas was the most important repository of ancient Buddhist and Chinese texts to survive.Just inside the Great Wall of China along the ancient Silk Road is one of the most remarkable Chinese sacred sites of antiquity. Located in the Gobi Desert town of Dunhuang, this site is a hive of more than 460 grottoes of varying sizes, carved directly into the soft sandstone cliffs. Devout Buddhist monks inhabited the caves a long time ago, starting in 366 CE

    www.lonelyplanet.... 'The Tsodilo Hills, Botswana’s only Unesco World Heritage Site, are sometimes referred to as the ‘Louvre of the Desert’. More than 4000 ancient paintings, many dating back thousands of years, adorn the caves and cliffs of these picturesque mountains, which remain a sacred site for the San people' Botswana

    Gaochang = ancienne oasis sur la rive nord de l'inhospitalier désert de Taklamakan au Xinjiang, en Chine, au 1er siècle avant JC. Le long de la Route de la Soie un rôle clé = plaque tournante du transport dans l'ouest de la Chine. Propagation du bouddhisme en Chine de l'Inde le long de la branche nord de la Route de la Soie dans le 4e et 5. Les grottes bouddhistes ont commencé durant cette période, le regroupement près de Gaochang, le plus important étant les grottes Bezeklik.

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    Yungang Grottoes - Datong, Shanxi, China. The site is an outstanding example of Chinese stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries. All together the site is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes. by Around the World in 480 Days

    The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas , form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves, however, this term also include other Buddhist cave sites in the Dunhuang area, such as the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, and the Yulin Caves farther away.

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    China - The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. The area also contains nearly 2,500 stelae and inscriptions, whence the name “Forest of Ancient Stelae, as well as over sixty Buddhist pagodas. #RTW #travel www.goachi.com

    A Buddhist Temple Inside A Cave

    The Maijishan Grottoes are a series of 194 caves cut in the side of the hill of Majishan, Gansu Province, China; over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures are cut from the rock with over 1,000 square meters of murals. Construction began ca. 384-417 CE. One of the string of Buddhist grottoes found in this area, lying on the crossroads connecting China and Central Asia; several of the sculptures appear to have Indian—and even SE Asian—features that could have come north via these N-S routes.

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    The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas , form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves, however, this term also include other Buddhist cave sites in the Dunhuang area, such as the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, and the Yulin Caves farther away.

    Rock carved buddha statues at Yungang Grottoes in Shanxi, China

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